Facebook Home live for some, Chatheads comes to Messenger for others

Facebook Home live for some, Chatheads comes to Messenger for others
Today is the day if you are a Facebook junkie (and if you're not, we question why you've clicked on this article). Facebook Home has finally been released into the Google Play Store, although only for a few devices. And, Facebook has updated its other Android apps, including adding Chatheads to the dedicated Messenger app.

As we have noted before, Facebook Home only supports the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II today, although support is coming for the HTC One and Galaxy S4. The launch of the new Facebook experience has not been going well though. Many users have complained about not being able to download the app, or it not working once they do get it downloaded. And, some are saying it is a major drain on battery. In the few hours it has been live in the Play Store, it has already pulled in 425 one-star reviews, and has an overall review average of just 2.3, just to give an idea of the troubles so far. 

Facebook's core Android app has been updated with support for Home (and likely that notification that will let you know when Home is available for your device). But, the best update of all is probably to Facebook's dedicated Messenger app, which has been updated with Chatheads support. Chatheads is probably the best feature of Facebook Home, mashing up SMS and Facebook messaging and keeping your chats on top of whatever you're doing. So, if you don't want the rest, or don't have a phone that can handle Home, the update to Messenger is a great alternative. 

If you want any of the updates just head over to the Google Play Store:

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26 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i check it in playstore..it is available to download but not to all region...when i tried to download it said "This item cannot be installed in your device's country."... i read a lot of people complaning about the same problem.

2. HASHTAG unregistered

Yeah, they were complaining that it took away the full Android experience; couldn't use widgets and a lot of other features. 2.3 out of 5 stars last time I checked.

3. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i read that also...and i think this Facebook home is good to people that spent more time on FB..(not me) but ill give it a try...hopefully its not difficult to uninstall this FB HOme if it ruined my android experience.

9. HASHTAG unregistered

I agree! I like Facebook, but not too much to install a launcher that blocks other features that I want. It should be simple to uninstall as well if you don't like it. I have the Nexus 4 so I can't experience it until it's available.

21. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This launcher hijacks your lockscreen, so if you choose to go back to sense/touch wiz, you will need to uninstall. A reboot didn't work for me.

22. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Nope. I've installed it already.if you don't like it you can simply turn it off in fb home settings and you will go back to your sense or touchwiz.....fb home didn't wow me..but I like how fb made the chatheads...you can actually chat even if your using diff application.

4. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, one of the most useful features of Android is sideloading apps. So just google the apk and sideload it.

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

dude have you tried the FB Home? if yes is there any problem on uninstalling it? thanks by the way for the link

7. SleepingOz unregistered

Nopes I don't like facebook but make sure your device is compatible, otherwise you'll have to do some lil tweaks for it to work properly. You should be able to uninstall it like any third party app.

8. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ok thanks..yeah my device is htc one x so it is compatible as what FB said..thanks anyway

25. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I tried it in my galaxy note 2, and yes you can uninstall it like any other app. BTW I think facebook lovers will love this app, so if I didn't like it that doesn't mean it's a bad app. It's just facebook not for me.

28. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

one thing i like on this Facebook home is the chatheads...this is really an innovation on messaging.. i wish we can separate that chatheads to FB home :)

24. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

If you live outsude united states you can download an app called hideman from google play store. Hideman app will work as a virtual private network vpn and change your phone ip to usa. After you do that you can download facebook home from google. make sure your phone is compatible because facebook home doesn't support all phones yet. I tried it in my note2 and I didn't like it but I am sure facebook lovers will love it.

10. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well, I just clicked it because I misread the title and thought "Chatheads" was some separate app that provided comparable service... Otherwise, no clicky from me.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

got it for my sister's SIII hours ago. it's pretty perfect for her. i don't think i'll be getting it though.

12. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Chatheads doesnt work on my tablet running ICS. In a way it does but not like it should.

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

have you installed the fb messenger?if not try to install it..if yes update it...

14. HASHTAG unregistered

Didn't they state that it's not fully supported for Android tablets yet?

23. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh yes I forgot.lol.my bad

15. soldiernation

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Of course, its the only way to get Chatheads right now.

26. shobhit

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

but it work on mine its simply awesome fast n smooth n good UI also

16. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Regular Facebook application actualisation asked for a permission to make direct calls. So goodbye facebook. You're not welcome at my phone anymore.

19. shuji_kiritani

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

I own a Galaxy Note 2, but when i go to the "Facebook Home" download page I am unable to install it, it says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices." I was able to install Facebook and Messenger.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

No thanks I'LL PASS.

29. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'm just glad that Facebook Home is a different app than the Facebook app.

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